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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Do The Butterfly - Macka B (Lyrics)

Edited by Azizi Powell

Macka B - Do the butterfly


Uploaded by sytraaak on Aug 25, 2008

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Since I was unable to find the lyrics for Macka B's "Do The Butterfly" online, I transcribed those lyrics for the sake of folkloric and musical documentation.

Notice the question marks in one line of the song. In that line Macka B mentions other Jamaican dance crazes. My unfamiliarity with those dances made it difficult for me to understand what he said. Additions and corrections are encouraged and can be posted as comments to this post.

As an aside, I found this video while I was doing an online search for the "I slide and slide/ and do the butterfly" line that is found in a number of English language children's cheerleader cheers. Click http://cocojams.com/content/childrens-cheerleader-cheers for some examples & videos of those cheers under "b" for "butterfly" and "p" for "Pepsi Cola".

LYRICS
DO THE BUTTERFLY - Macka B

Now every year there’s a brand new dance
Mashin up the dance floor from Jamaica
When they see it they not jokin
All the girls are floatin
Butterfly *
Fly fly
Do the butterfly
Butterfly
Fly fly
Do the butterfly
Straight from Jamaica
Dem a do the butterfly.
Fly fly
Do the butterfly
Butterfly
Fly fly
Do the butterfly
Butterfly
Fly fly
Do the butterfly
Straight from Jamaica
Dem a do the butterfly
Fly fly
Do the butterfly

*Chorus

Yeah, everybody’s doin it
dance come alive
Let me tell you it’s good exercise
But some timin must be applied
Strong legs and the hip on your side
Feet together den take them wide
Move your foot from side to side
Flap your hands just like a butterfly
Whine your waist inside outside
Let the Reggae music be your guide
Redeem a Babylon and let music arise
First time you see it you say oh me oh my
When I get home I’m gonna give this a try
Make a wrong move and my foot just slide
I almost ended up on my backside
Straight from Jamiaca
Dem a do the butterfly.

Chorus

Jamaica is a dance country
They have a new dance regularly
Like the ???? and the __skatey
Ask the expert Admiral Bailey.
They get it head move
Shoulder move
Body move
Everything move
The new dance gettin in the groove
Make you run for your dancin shoes
Straight from Jamaica dem all do the butterfly

Chorus

Try do it good ‘cause the standard’s high
It’s not easy so get qualified.
All kinda butterfly, all kinda style.
From a bigga woman down to a small child.
All of the girls dembutterfly wild
See dem in the dance with a big smile.
They tell you butterfly is hard to describe.
So you watch somebody and den give it a try.

Chorus 2x

My name is Macka B
I’mma Roots MC
I talk on the microphone
For everybody.
Dance is the places where I love to be.
Dancehall is the place where I got my degree
A brand new dance is a good thing to see
The youths done sure dance it a plenty[?]
Let off steam. Let off energy
Cause rhythm be in dem from a baby
So feet together den take them wide
Move your foot from side to side
Flap your hands just like a butterfly
Whine your waist inside outside
Straight from Jamaica
Dem a do the butterfly

Chorus (repeated a number of time)

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BONUS VIDEO & LINK
Here's another 1990s video from Jamaica about "The Butterfly" dance:

Soca Butterfly-Bryon Lee



Uploaded by GuyanaBaboo247 on Aug 9, 2009

COME EVERBODY GET U RASS UP AND DO THE SOCA BUTTERFLY :p

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Also, the 1980 song "Butterfly" by Reggae crooner Barrington Levy is not related to The Butterfly dancehall craze. However, here's a link to that YouTube sound file http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTr0JgeWqCI

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